I’m a remodeler who deals with older homes and prefers to keep things on a budget. I know the value of great tools, but I don’t necessarily have the shop space to maintain a cabinet-grade collection. For example, I don’t own a biscuit joiner and probably never will. I do enjoy using good tools and recognize that a great tool (like a router, for example) can put a nice touch on a project and is worth its weight in gold.
That makes me a great shopper and a harsh critic of what’s available on the market. I want good tools, but I won’t hesitate to try something new in the hopes that it’s going to perform “above its pay grade”. If you want to know which power tools Clint DeBoer uses regularly, this is your list.
Motto: When you hear that guy on TV introduce a job, come back from a commercial, and announce that it’s all done and they’re moving on the next part of the project… that’s me doing the work in the commercial break… except that it really took 3 days, not 3 minutes!
I love working on old houses. They have tons of character, charm and present challenging opportunities to use cool tools. From roofing, to framing, to plumbing, to electrical, I enjoy it all (OK, I lied about the plumbing—only masochists enjoy that). In either case, my favorite tools are generally powered by air or lithium-ion batteries. There is nothing quite like firing a half dozen nails into a window frame in less than the same number of seconds… or driving home 30 screws into dense hardibacker board in under 2 minutes.
I have a great love for both hand and power tools, and I’m prepared to call out those manufacturers who don’t build them in ways that are rugged, ergonomic and powerful. This list changes a bit more frequently than I care to admit, but I’ll try to keep it updated as best I can.
- Table Saw, 10″ blade –DeWalt DWE7499GD Table Saw with Guard Detect
- Sliding Compound Miter Saw, 8.-1/2” Blade – Makita LS0815F 8-1/2″ Miter Saw
- Circular Saw – DeWalt DCS391 Circular Saw
- Jig Saw – Festool Carvex PS 420 EBQ Jigsaw
- Reciprocating Saw – Milwaukee M18 FUEL SawZall
- Power Planer – Porter-Cable PC60THPK 6-amp Planer
- Router – Bosch 1619EVS Variable-Speed Plunge Router
- Rotary Tool – Dremel 3000
- Sander, 1/2 Sheet – Bosch OS50VC 1/2-Sheet Orbital Finishing Sander
- Angle Grinder, 4-1/2″ – Makita GA4534 4-1/2″ Paddle Switch Angle Grinder
- Impact Driver, 18V – Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver
- Drill, 1/2″, 18V – Milwaukee M18 FUEL Cordless Drill
- Drill, 1/2″ Keyed chuck – Milwaukee Magnum
- Hammer Drill, SDS Chuck – Makita XPH07M 18V LXT Brushless
- Wet/Dry Vacuum, 6 Gallon – DeWalt DWV012 HEPA Vacuum
- Air Compressor, 4-gallon – Bosch CET4-20W Compressor
- Brad Nail Gun, 16 Gauge – Bostitch SmartPoint Brad Nailer
- Roofing Nail Gun – Senco RoofPro 445XP
- Punch List and Renovation Nailers – Ryobi AirStrike Nailers 18V
Hand Tools & Miscellaneous Tools
- Inspection Camera – Ridgid See Snake
- Socket & Ratchet Sets – Kobalt Tools Mechanics Tool Socket Set
- Wrench Sets – Snap-on
- Ratcheting Wrenches – Gear Wrench Ratchets
- Screwdriver Sets – Snap-on, Klein Tools Multibit Screwdrivers
- Pliers – Channel Lock Code Blue pliers, Ideal, Klein, Irwin Vise Grips
- Levels – Empire Levels & Stabila
- Utility Knives – Irwin & Milwaukee Fastback II
- Tape Measures – Stanley Fat Max
- Chalk Box – Irwin Strait Line Chalk Reel
- Mini Bar Clamps – Irwin Quick Grips
- Bar Clamps – JackClamp Bar Clamps
- Vise, 6″ Jaw – Wilton 63201
- Stud Finder – Franklin ProSensor 710 Stud Finder
- Extension Ladder – Little Giant SumoStance
- Step Ladder, 6′ Fiberglass – DeWalt-branded Louisville Ladders
These are the power tools Clint DeBoer uses regularly (and hand tools, and pneumatic tools, etc). The bottom line is every tool here has some characteristic I find noteworthy—and, as you can see, I’ve reviewed many of them personally.